Undergraduate Program in
Biology and Medicine


   B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BS BEB)

Major Requirements for Class of 2015 and 2016

Please note that BEB majors who belong to the class of 2016 may choose to follow the new 2017 BEB requirements

Dr. James Fry
Track Coordinator and Advisor
Department of Biology
318 Hutchison Hall, River Campus
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0211
(585) 275-7835

*Students intending to declare a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major should meet with the Administrator for the UPBM, Marianne Arcoraci, to create an academic plan before meeting with the academic advisor for the BEB track. Visit UPBM Booking Site to select a time that meets your needs.


Dr. James Fry, Track Coordinator and Advisor

I. INTRODUCTORY COURSES 3 courses, 12 credits
  1.) BIO 110 BIO 110 Principles of Biology I (4 credits) or  
or BIO 112 BIO 112 Perspectives in Biology I (4 credits)
2.) BIO 111 BIO 111 Principles of Biology II (4 credits) or
or BIO 113 BIO 113 Perspectives in Biology II (4 credits)
3.) BIO 190 BIO 190 Genetics and the Human Genome (4 credits) or
or BIO 198 BIO 198 Principles of Genetics (4 credits)
*Note: BIO 190 is recommended for BEB majors, although BIO 198 is acceptable
II. LABORATORY EXPERIENCE 3 courses, 6 credits
  1.) BIO 111P BIO 111P Principles of Biology II Lab (1 credit)  
  BIO 113P Perspectives in Biology II Lab (will not be offered after Spring 2013)
2.) BIO 198P BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab (1 credit)
*Note: Both BIO 190 and BIO 198 students take BIO 198P effective Fall 2011
3.) BIO 225 BIO 225 Laboratory in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (4 credits)
III. ADVANCED COURSES 4 courses, 16 credits
1. BIO 205 BIO 205 Evolution (4 credits) - Spring of sophomore or junior year
2. BIO 263 BIO 263 Ecology (4 credits) - Fall of junior year
  2 courses to be chosen from the list below
3. ______ BIO 206 Eukaryotic Genomes (4 credits) New!
BIO 253 Computational Biology (4 credits)
BIO 260 Animal Behavior (4 credits)
BIO 265 Molecular Evolution (4 credits)
BIO 266 Tree of Life (4 credits) - will not be offered after Spring 2013
EES 201 Evolution of the Earth (4 credits)
EES 207 Principles of Paleontology (4 credits) New!
4. ______
IV. ELECTIVE /DIVERSIFICATION 2 courses, 8 credits
  1. ______
Two 200-level UPBM courses. These courses must be from outside the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology curriculum (which are listed in section III) and must be approved by the Track Coordinator. These include courses offered by the Departments of Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Biochemistry, Brain & Cognitive Sciences (as long as the course has BIO 110 as a prerequisite), and Neuroscience.
*CHANGE NOTICE: Effective for class of 2014, students may apply only one of the following to the BS BEB major: BIO 203, BIO 204, BIO 247, BIO 258

For lists of UPBM elective/diversification courses, see UPBM Course Offerings.
2. ______

V. ALLIED FIELD COURSES 8-9 courses with indicated laboratories
1. CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I (lab included in course)
2. CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II (lab included in course)
3. CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I with CHM 207 Organic Chemistry Lab
*Note: CHM 171Q and CHM 172Q, Quest Organic Chemistry with CHM 210 will also fulfill the chemistry requirements.
4. PHY 113 General Physics I or PHY 121 Mechanics or PHY 141 Mechanics (Honors)
5. MTH 141 Calculus I or MTH 161 Calculus IA or MTH 171Q Honors Calculus I
6. MTH 142 Calculus II or MTH 162 Calculus IIA or MTH 172Q Honors Calculus II
7. BIO/STT 214 Biostatistics - New!
*CHANGE NOTICE: Effective for the class of 2015, all BEB majors should take BIO/STT 214 Biostatistics if at all possible. If necessary, STT 213 or CSP/PSY 211 may be substituted. STT 212 will no longer be accepted, unless STT 201, 216, or 277 are also taken
For requirements 8 and 9; pick two courses from the list below.
8. ______
Math: e.g., MTH 150, 163, 164, 165 or 218 (the latter, "Introduction to Mathematical Models in Life Science" is particularly appropriate for the BEB majors).
Computer Programming: CSC 109, 161, 170, 171, ECE 114 or other computer programming course with advisor approval (CSC 108 and 110 not acceptable)
Organic Chemistry: CHM 204 with associated lab, CHM 208
Physics: PHY 114, 122, or 142
Statistics: STT 201, 216, or 277


9. ______
  1. BIO 225W 1.) BIO 225W Laboratory in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Writing (Fall)

2.) BIO 270W Writing in Ecology and Evolution (Spring Fall) New!

*CHANGE NOTICE: Effective for Class of 2015: Students will be required to take both BIO 225W and BIO 270W to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement for the BS BEB major.
2. BIO 270W
  To help you get the most out of your courses, we recommend the following sequence:
  • BIO 205 and BIO/STT 214 should be taken during the spring of sophomore or junior years
  • BIO 263 Ecology should be taken during the fall of junior year
  • Students planning to attend medical school should take two semesters of organic chemistry with lab and two semesters of physics with lab which are required by most medical schools and may be required by certain graduate programs. Consult with your faculty advisor regarding these courses
  • In addition, be sure to consult our General Degree Requirements when constructing your program.